The Steve Scalise Saga: Surviving The Media’s False Narrative

It has been months since the mainstream media picked up the narrative that House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) is a bigoted, racist southerner.

The narrative first came from liberal blogger and writer Lamar White Jr. when he broke the story that essentially aligned Scalise with former Ku Klux Klan Leader David Duke. White reported that Scalise had given a speech to a hate-group founded by Duke back in 2002.

And with that, just about every major mainstream media outlet picked up the story, with headlines like “David Duke Without the Baggage”: Will Top GOPer Steve Scalise Resign over Speech to Racist Group?”

A bigoted, racist conservative narrative is always one favored by the mainstream press. For liberals, it is a way to get young people and those disassociated with politics to delude from Democratic public policy that has assaulted the black community.

The media is constantly trying to paint the image that because Republicans do not in large support the extensive welfare measures that Democrats do, this makes them racist.

And Republicans who do not support gay marriage, they are flat-out bigots to the media.

So it was no wonder that the media blatantly excluded Scalise’s background of helping the black community and his conservative record of trying to lift individuals out of poverty.

In an interview with the Hill, Scalise said his record did not fit the racist narrative that the media kept with for so long, and to some extent, continue to.

Outside of Washington before Hurricane Katrina, Scalise actually coached an inner-city basketball team which was made up of kids from New Orleans’ crime-ridden local housing projects, known as BW Cooper Apartments.

“The kids I coached, every single one of them, either had a friend who had been shot or killed in drug violence. And these were kids just looking for a way out,” Scalise said. “One of my kids was shot in a drive-by shooting just standing on his porch. These are kids on the front lines of inner-city violence.

Additionally, Scalise served on the Teach for America of New Orleans board, in which he pushed for reforms in the city’s corrupted school system which has failed so many young, black students.

“We had an almost 90 percent African-American population. And kids that were graduating that couldn’t even pass the exit exam, they were being denied opportunities,” Scalise recalled. “We replaced it with a system of charter schools that have literally transformed not only the system, but have transformed people’s lives.”

Neither one of these subjects were ever mentioned by the media during the time that Scalise was portrayed as a racist bigot. At the time, when Scalise was defended by his black colleague Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Richmond was lambasted by liberals.

Scalise was a perfect target for the media. The only tried-and-true conservative in the House GOP Leadership who, at the time, was viewed as someone who wanted to shake things up.

Though, the public should not be all that surprised at how the media created a narrative in order to take out a conservative who holds one of the most powerful positions in Washington.

Most interesting is trying to imagine what the media will say about Scalise when he is part of the historic reenactment of the Civil Rights Movement march in Selma, Alabama next year.

Our guess is that Scalise’s record of aiding the black community will still be ignored.



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